Top Teens Showcase

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Join us for our Annual TOP TEENS SHOWCASE  featuring the acting, singing, musical,  techinal,  and performance art talents of select young emerging artists that are theatrically coached and mentored or adjudicated  by Beth Marshall throughout the season. Local veteran industry professionals adjudicate and award scholarships as well as we will be launching the Billy Manes Arts Activism Scholarship. Scholarships provided by: Beth Marshall Presents, Florida Theatrical Association and The Billy Manes Society. 

 

This year’s adjudicators are: Kenny Howard, Lauren O’Quinn, Joshua Vickery, Peg O’Keef, Tim Hanes, Blue Estrella, Genevieve Bernard, Brittany Willis, Paris Crayton lll, Jaclyn Thomas and Anthony Mauss

Date: Saturday, June 30th at 3pm

Location: Class Act Studios – 11561 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32825
Ticket price: $15

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Congrats to the following teens that were selected into our BMP TOP TEENS & TOP TEENS (in training) program for their holistic approach to theatre arts. These are all teens that take theatre seriously and are choosing to pursue the arts in a variety of well-rounded capacities on and off the stage and screen.

 

VETERAN TOP TEENS:
Alexia Correa – University of The Arts (3rd year TOP TEEN/ former BMP intern)
Clark Levi – Flagler College (2nd year TOP TEEN-BMP Intern)
Forrest Stringfellow – Daytona Beach College (2nd year TT)
Bennet Preuss – Lake Howell High School (2nd year TT)
Gabriel Neil Barnert – LHHS to Valencia College (1st year TT former TT in training/ BMP Intern)
Jazzlynn Whiddon – Lake Howell High School (1st year TT, former TT in training)
Joshua Huff – OHS to LHHS (1st year TT, former TT in training)
NEW TOP TEENS:
Gerald Kitt – Palm Coast High (1st year TT Scholarship Winner)
Ben Lowe – Lyman High to UCF (1st year TT/BMP Intern)
Lizzie Black – Lake Howell High (1st year TT)
Frankie Coverini – Lake Howell High (1st year TT)
Josh Lefkowitz – Trinity Prep (1st year TT)
Dernika Rose David – LHTC (1st year TT)
TOP TEENS IN TRAINING:
Arianna Aviles – Lake Howell High) (1st year TT in Training)
Laura Powalisz – LHHS (1st year TT in Training)
Nick Serino -LHTC (1st year TT in Training)
Mackenzie Borglum – LHHS (1st year TT in Training)
Sarah Isola – Florida Virtual School to LHTC (2nd year TT in training)

 

 

ADJUDICATORS/PANELISTS

Genevieve Bernard
Paris Crayton lll
Brittany Collins
Blue Estrella
Tim Hanes
Kenny Howard
Tony Mauss
Peg O’Keef
Lauren O’Quinn
Samantha Stern
Jaclyn Thomas
Joshua Vickery

WORKSHOP COACHES/DIRECTORS

Julian Bond- Composer/Musician (Musical Theatre Coach)
Mike Carr- (Improv Coach)
Paris Crayton lll -(Theatre Coach- Directing/Acting/Choreo/Movement/Writing/Theatre for Social Change)
Kenny Howard- (Directing/Producing/Education Coach)
Tara Kromer-(Directing/Prop Design Coach)
Theresa Smith-Levin- (Vocal/Musical Theatre/Education/Arts Admin Coach)
Beth Marshall (Theatre Coach-Acting/Directing/Producing/College Prep/Arts Activist/Casting Director)
Alan Ostrander-(Make-up/Stage/Special Effects Coach)
Lauren O’Quinn-(Acting for The Camera/Industry Coach)

 

 

MEET THE TEENS!

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Arianna Aviles is an incoming senior  at Lake Howell High School. Her inspiration to perform came from a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” she saw when she was 8 years old. Some of Arianna’s favorite productions she’s participated in include, “Spamalot” where she played Patsy and “Avenue Q” where she played Lucy. Along with singing and acting Arianna also enjoys reading. Aside from Theater her favorite class is English. This year Arianna is a Top Teen in Training and is very excited to become an official Top Teen!

 

 

 

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Gabriel Barnert is a currently a senior at Lake Howell High School. He is so excited and honored to be working with the other interns and members of BMP this year. Gabriel plans on majoring in Theatre while obtaining a minor in Education and wants to teach high school theater in Central Florida. At Lake Howell, Gabriel is the president of Thespian Troupe 4937, as well as president of the school’s A/V Tech Club. Gabriel is the proud recipient of the 2017 Beth Marshall Presents Wild Card Scholarship and the 2018 Florida State Thespians Technical Theater Scholarship.

 

 

 

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Lizzie Black is deeply honored to be apart of Top Teens and cannot wait to work with the talented people involved. Lizzie is planning to attend Western Michigan University this fall, being 1 of the 17 students selected to pursue a BFA in their Musical Theatre Performance program. She has spent 5 years studying this genre of the performing arts and is excited to continue onto the next step of her journey. Lizzie would like to thank her vocal coach, Karen Lecky-Springer, and her acting coaches and teachers, James Brendlinger and Beth Marshall, for assisting her in getting this far. Her most renowned roles include The Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot” and Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” 

 

 

 

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Mackenzie Borglum is a senior at Lake Howell High School. She is excited to be working with Beth Marshall and the rest of the Top Teens! Mackenzie is the Florida State Broadway Cares Representative. She has a passion for acting, directing, and stage managing! She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her on this journey!

 

 

 

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Alexia Correa is a Freshman at the University of the Arts and is pursuing a BFA degree in Musical Theatre. She is pleased to back working with Beth Marshall Presents in the TOP TEENS Showcase. This is her 3rd year performing in the showcase and she couldn’t be more grateful to be considered a Top Teen for so many years. Some of Alexia’s previous credits include (Naomi) 21 Chump Street, (Featured Performer) Ancient Future, (Henrietta) All Shook Up, and (Skylar) Good Kids. She would like to thank everyone for attending the performance and hopes you enjoy the showcase.

 

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Francesca Coverini, also known as Frankie, is a graduating senior at Lake Howell High School. She is an accomplished student, maintaining a 3.85 GPA while taking part in all the shows her high school has to offer. Francesca is the vice president of the honor choir and a director/performer in the theater company. Some of her most renowned roles have been Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical, and Holly in The Wedding Singer. 9 schools around the United States have offered Francesca admission such as the Manhattan School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Boston Conservatory. She will be studying classical voice performance, which she hopes to pursue in the future.

 

 

IMG_1195 Dernika David currently is an elite dancer at Revolutions Dance Company training in ballet, contemporary and jazz. She is also a  dancer for Lake Howell Theatre Company, as well as an assistant choreographer for a few shows. Dernika’s Choreography piece from the musical Cabaret received a straight superior and Honorable mention at The 2017 District 3 Thespian Festival. She started dancing at the age of 14, landing her first lead role as “Clara” in The Nutcracker for Dynasty Dance Co. She was even a featured dancer on Jimmy Fallon along with her siblings the summer of her sophomore year. She intends on being a professional dancer all while attending college and becoming a pre-med major. Dernika David’s ultimate goal is to contribute back to the central Florida theatre community and to one day be a mentor to youth just like her amazing teachers/coaches Amy Rookey, James Brendlinger and of course Beth Marshall. I would like to give special thanks to my family for their unlimited support and being my inspiration.

 

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Joshua Huff lives in Winter Springs and is currently a sophomore at Oviedo High School who is looking forward to an exciting move to Lake Howell High School in the fall. He is a current officer for Troupe 4564. He is also a member of the OHS Horizons Choral performance group. Joshua has been actively doing theater in Central Florida for almost 4 years now. Some of his favorite roles include Jean Prouvaire in Les Miserables (Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center), Spencer in Snappy’s Happy Half Hour at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2016, Judas in Godspell (Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park), Josh in Bang Bang You’re Dead (Oviedo High School) and Solo & Ensemble in The Bitch of Living – Teen Angst at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2017. His passion is acting and straight plays though he also loves musical theater as well. He has been taking private lessons on and off with Beth Marshall for a little over a year now in hopes of continuing to grow in his craft and to become more well-rounded in the profession as a whole. He is incredibly excited to be participating in the BMP Top Teen program for the second year in a row.

 

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Sarah Isola is a rising freshman. She is super excited to be a BMP Top Teen in Training! Some of her favorite roles include Young Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre), Beth Bradley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (Orlando Repertory Theatre), and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Orlando Repertory Theatre). She is also a proud member of The Orlando REP Power Chords, and also a member of the Docs & Dellas at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Sarah is part of the outreach program at the Winter Park Playhouse in School House Rock Live! She thanks Beth Marshall, Theresa Smith-Levin, her friends, family, and the rest of the amazing top teens!

 

 

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Gerald Kitt is attending the University of Central Florida in the Summer. This is his first year being a part of Top Teens. He is very excited to work along side so many different peers and to take on all of the new possibilities that he encounters. Gerald has been in theatre for years and has a background in acting, singing, and dancing. He loves to find spare time to direct children theatre and has started his own theatre program called “Performers In Training”. He would also like to thank Beth Marshall for this amazing opportunity.

 

 

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Josh Lefkowitz is a sophomore at Trinity Preparatory School and a first year Top Teen. Professional credits: To Kill a Mockingbird (Orlando Shakes, BroadwayWorld Award), 1969: Stonewall (Orlando Fringe), Monorail Inferno (Orlando Fringe) Wanzie With a Z (Orlando Fringe, Critic’s Pick Best Ensemble). Trinity Prep credits: California Suite, Big River, 12 Angry Jurors, Man of La Mancha, Legally Blonde (Applause Award nomination), Peter and the Starcatcher, Pirates of Penzance, Now. Here. This. Writing credits: Impressionist Oblivion (District 3 Thespians Best in Show), Making the Most of What Little Time You Have Left. He is currently writing two screenplays and writes film reviews on his social media. He would like to thank his family, friends, teachers, and Beth for this incredible opportunity.

 

ClarkLevi.jpg This is Clark Levi’s 2nd year as a top teen and intern for Beth Marshall Presents. Previously with Beth, he’s worked as a spotlight operator for Spelling Bee and Run/Build crew for Glass Menagerie, as well as an actor/director in different years of Play-in-a-Day. He has also performed around Orlando in professional, community, and summer stock shows. Notably, he’s performed in O-Town: Voices From Orlando (Ant Farm Productions), My Pal Bette (Tammy Kopko/Orlando Fringe) and Eric Pinder’s Uncertainty (Orlando Fringe). He is also a writer for the website Performerstuff, a National Ranking Thespian and High School Department Officer, and a hopeful Jack of All Trades in the Central Florida Theatre Community. Clark is currently attending Flagler College for a degree in theatre arts to achieve this goal.

 

 

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Ben Lowe is a recent graduate from Lyman High School and will be studying at the University of Central Florida in the fall. He will be getting his degree in technical theatre. He hopes to translate that degree into a career in Disney Parks & Resorts Entertainment. He has spent the year learning under Beth Marshall Presents as an intern. Ben is passionate about lighting design and stage management.  Previous shows include Lieutenant of Inishmore (Beth Marshall Presents), Mary Poppins (Orlando Rep), and Big Fish (Lyman High School). Ben would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support; and to Beth for her constant encouragement and for always pushing him in the right direction.

 

 

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Laura Powalisz is an incoming Junior at Lake Howell High School. She is very excited to be working with Beth Marshall and the other members of BMP this year. Laura is a member of Thespian Troupe 4937 and is part of NHS. Her favorite theatre credits include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical, and Historian in Spamalot. She’d like to thank her friends and family for all their support!

 

 

 

bennet-preuss-headshot.jpgBennet Preuss is an incoming senior at Lake Howell High School and is returning to Top Teens for a second consecutive year. His favorites roles include Sir Robin in Spamalot at LHHS, Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Beethoven in Dog Sees God at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival, and Princeton in Penguin Point Productions’ Avenue Q. His duet acting scene earned Best in Show at the 2016 District 3 Thespian Festival. His short comedy, “Rainbow Bunnies in the Zombie Apocalypse,” was published in “5-Minture Plays for Teens” in 2017. He was a guest artist with the Stuffed with People Puppet Improv Troupe at Orlando’s Kids Fringe Festival and an actor in Beth Marshall Presents Play-in-a-Day in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Bennet continues to write plays, audition for shows, and looks forward directing in his final year at LHHS. He thanks Beth Marshall and James Brendlinger for their support and inspiration.

 

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Nick Serino is a Junior at Lake Howell High School and has recently found a love for all the performing arts has to offer. He has been a part of theater for nearly 4 years and has had 10+ roles, ranging from modern comedies to Shakespeare classics. Nick has recently taken a step outside of high school to perform at more local and professional shows to further expand his performing experience and résumé. Previously being coached in acting, singing, and dancing, he has found his sweet spot in Musical Theater. Nick’s future goal is to one day be an acting coach, to help those who want to do what they love, and to guide them to go as far as they possibly can.

 

 

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Forrest Stringfellow is an oncoming sophomore at Daytona State College and plans to recieve his Associates in Nursing, then switch studies to Fine Arts. Forrest has been working with Beth for quite literally his entire professional career, debuting in The Lieutenant of Inishmore last season. Striving to further his professional image, Forrest is supremely grateful to Beth for giving him a second opportunity to present himself to the Orlando community.

 

 

 

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Jazzlynn Whiddon is an incoming junior at Lake Howell High School under the direction of James Brendlinger. This is her second year working with BMP and is extremely grateful for the opportunity. She has been performing for over 6 years, as well as being apart of show choir, costuming, make-up crew and stage management. After high school, she hopes to attend the University of North Carolina School of the Arts or the New York Academy for the Dramtic Arts for either musical theater or acting. Some of her favorite theater credits include Jack Scott in High School Musical Jr, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, The Three Little Pigs in Shrek the Musical, and Angie in The Wedding Singer. Jazzlynn would like to thank Beth Marshall for this incredible opportunity to work with the TOP TEENS program once again and is very excited for the year to come.

 

Meet the Adjudicators/Panelists!

G Plywood Headshot2008.jpgGenevieve Bernard is a choreographer, curator and producer. She earned a Masters degree in Dance Education from Temple University in Philadelphia and has received awards and fellowships for her choreography. She is the Education Coordinator with the Orlando Fringe andArtistic Director of Voci Dance where she works collaboratively with dancers and artists with a focus on site-specific work. Locally she has participated in the Corridor Project, Walk On By, the TrIP Project and the Creative City Project. Most recently, she served as Curator of Art in Odd Places, Orlando. She is a choreographer and puppeteer with IBEX Puppetry and has set works at Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art-100 Acres, RISD, and The New Victory Theater among others. She was the Curator of the 25thAnniversary Fringe Museum and has served as the Associate Producer of the Orlando International Fringe Festival, the Producer of Kids Fringe and Indie-FolkFest.

 

20170116_095739Julian Bond (Writer/Composer/Musical Director/Magician) is originally from Winchester, England, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. Over the next decade he undertook studies in several other instruments, as well as composition, and in his twenties he moved to London where he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with an honors degree in Music Composition, including specialism in conducting, music production and film scoring. His piano studies continued in both classical and jazz, and he has performed internationally in both genres. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the European Junior Piano Festival, the EMI “Make Music” composing competition, the Alexander Grotsz Prize for Composition (London) and in 2005 he was ranked as one of the country’s top ten young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies, under the auspices of the late Elmer Bernstein. Julian is currently enjoying a variety of musical activities, both in and out of state, and whilst in Orlando he enjoys working as a composer, pianist, producer, clinician, recording artist and musical director for several organizations including the Walt Disney Company. Julian is honored to have been involved in several BMP projects including 33 Variations, Beatnik Squared and Cubed, Janine Klein’s: The Mutha F%$#@in’ Musical and Cydney Clarks: A Coming of Age Cabaret. Julian has been an adjudicator and/or Musical Theatre workshop pianist for TOP TEENS for all 4 years.

 

Michael CarrMike Carr is the Artistic Director of SAK Comedy Lab as the new 1st sentence. He began improvising and acting in high school with various community theaters and decided to pursue it as a career. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in theater. While there, he performed with Mission:IMPROVable for three years and served two years as the groups director. After college, he packed up and moved to Chicago where he studied improvisation at the iO Theater and played with house team REVOLVER. He also got to be a writer/performer in the successful show MAKE OUT NOT WAR, as part of the Directors Series 2006 at Second City. He left Chicago to pursue his acting career in sunny Orlando Florida where he works as a principle actor for The Walt Disney Company at The Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, The American Idol Experience and Capt. Jack’s Pirate Tutorial, as well as being a performer for the Disney Event Group. He also can be seen on television in commercials for Brighthouse, Tires Plus and The Florida Lotto. He loves playing at SAK and thanks you for allowing him to entertain you.

 

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Brittany Collins is a proud alumnus of Florida State University. She has a degree in Business Management with a focus on Hospitality, Convention and Event Management. Brittany is a talent agent for Lock Talent, a film, television, and commercial agency dedicated to serving professional talent and delivering exactly what casting directors need. Her talent have been seen in numerous films, television shows, and commercials throughout the country and her passion for entertainment is what led her to the industry! In her free time, you’ll find Brittany in the kitchen cooking a healthy and delicious meal, traveling the globe, or reading a good book.

 

 

 

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Paris Crayton III is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He has written over 40 plays, 14 of which have been produced around the country.  He was one of ArtsATL “30 under 30” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Artist to watch.” Creative Loafing named him 2014’s “Best Local Playwright”  Critics have called him “a powerful dramatist” and praised him as “One of the most important playwrights of our time.” His plays have been presented and/or workshopped by New York Rep, The Lark, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Aurora Theatre, Clark University, Working Title Playwrights, Stage Door Players, Rising Sage Theatre, 3 Hill Productions, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Beth Marshall Presents, Indianapolis Fringe Festival and more.

 

 

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Blue Estrella – Since her move to Orlando in 2000, she’s received a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts at Stetson concentrating on lighting and sound design. She began her theater career with Jester Theatre and also as a lighting/sound improviser at SAK Comedy Lab. Following that, she was the Production Technician/Stage Manager for Kerry Giese at the JCC Theatre in Maitland, Fl. Blue is also heavily involved with the Orlando Fringe. Recent Fringe works include stage managing for “Bubble Gum Party”, “Slut Like Me” and “Save Me Dolly Parton”. She is also a current resident Stage Manager/Assistant for Beth Marshall Presents. When she is not stage managing or teching, you can find her directing/choreographing the Ocoee High Knights Visual Ensemble and the West Orange High Color Guard.

 

image1.jpegTim Hanes is an Orlando music director/pianist/vocal director. Tim serves as director of music and fine arts for the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Longwood, Florida. He is musical director for Valencia College productions and teaches musical theatre at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center/ Florida Hospital School of the Arts where he is also the musical director for the performance troupe Docs & Dellas and received four Applause Awards for outstanding Musical Direction. He musical directs and accompanies at area high schools. His choirs have performed eight times at the White House and twice at Carnegie Hall. He serves as Dean for the American Guild of Organists Central Florida Chapter and adjudicator for the Florida State Thespian Festivals. Tim received the 2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts’ Teacher Recognition award. Tim served as Artist-in-Residence for the State of Tennessee. Students of Mr. Hanes are working on Broadway and Film and Television.

 

Kenny HowardKenny Howard  – (Select NY Credits) Red Light Winter, PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, Ladies of Eola Heights, New Rochelle and Leigh Silverman’s AD for Hwang’s Golden Child at the Signature Theatre, and Go Back to Where You Are (Lucille Lortel Award) at Playwrights Horizon. (Select Orlando Credits) Bat Boy, Heathers (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Musical Award & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Musical), The Flick (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Play & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Play), Cabaret, VarieTEASE:Carnies, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (FL Premiere), [title of show](FL Premiere), When Pigs Fly, The Lion Queen. Howard is currently the Artistic Director of The Abbey and Education Director for Florida Theatrical Association, as well as conceiver, co-writer and director of shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Co-Founder of The Broadway Consortium, LLC, which has produced the Broadway productions of Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Evita, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Big Fish, Matilda, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the West End transfer of Master Class starring Tyne Daly. Under his management, his company received 6 Drama Desk Nominations, and 5 Tony Award nominations, including a win for The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He also co-founded Broadway Records which produced numerous cast and cabaret albums including How To Succeed, Matilda, and Big Fish Orginal Cast Recordings, two of which received Grammy nominations, He is a graduate of UCF and currently serves on the board of The Orlando International Fringe Festival. Kenny is a 2nd year adjudicator/panelist and director coach for BMP TOP TEENS.

 

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Anthony Mauss a twenty year resident of Central Florida. He has seen the arts community grow from a diy experience to a vibrant and supportive community. He is honored to be awarding The Billy Manes Arts and Activism Scholarship. Billy Manes’ work in journalism often highlighted the crucial ways the arts impact and educate our communities. He believed in being engaged in a larger dialog about who we are as humans and how we can improve our world. He knew through art this conversation could be achieved.

 

 

 

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Peg O’Keef, a native Central Floridian, has had the great pleasure of working on many local stages throughout the last four decades. Most recently, she appeared in David Lee’s O-Town, the female version of The Odd Couple, Long Day’s Journey into Night at Mad Cow Theatre, and in John Ryan’s Beware the Dark in Winter Park at the Fringe. She is particularly proud of her work as Opal Locksdale in the Wanzie’s Ladies of Eola Heights series since she got to share stage with Dame Beth Marshall. Also with BMP, she appeared in the much lauded 33 Variations. In addition to her performance work, Peg is a writer, editor, and teacher. When not performing or writing, Peg resides at a grassy airfield on the edge of the Green Swamp with her treasured husband Andy Salter and some vile but beloved cats.

 

 

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Lauren O’Quinn is an award-winning actress, director, and teacher. She majored in theatre at the University of Georgia and moved to Orlando in 1997. Since that time, she has appeared in over 200 national and regional commercials, and numerous films, television shows, and plays.  Recent credits include Nashville (with Connie Britton), The Florida Project (with Willem Dafoe), House of Cards (with Robin Wright), Bloodline (with Sissy Spacek), national commercials for Allegiant Airlines, Tires Plus, and on-going television appearances as the host of ION Kitchen on ION Television.  She has been teaching advanced Meisner-based acting classes since 2002 and is is a former talent agent and a freelance casting director.  She currently serves on the Executive Board of Film Florida. Her specialty is training actors in deep emotional access and the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Lauren’s unique background of experience on all sides of the camera gives ClassAct actors the ability to gain invaluable knowledge about the business of acting, as well as the craft.

 

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Alan Ostrander has been a professional Theatrical Artist for film, TV, and live productions since 1986. He began performing at age 8 and has lived “in the arts” ever since, working extensively in the US, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and South America. Primarily a Make-up / FX Artist, he is also well regarded as an Actor/Performer, Writer/Director, Set/Costume/Props Designer, Stage Manager, Haunt Expert and Scenic Artist.

Alan found a niche in the Halloween/Haunted Attraction industry during his 8 year run at Terror on Church Street in Orlando FL, where he was Head Character/Make-up Designer, Performer and Show Manager for this infamous year-round attraction.
Drew is a Veteran Actor who has been performing for theatre, television, and live productions in many venues in Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Orlando, FL. He has also worked extensively behind the scenes; directing, writing, stage managing and producing many varied productions. Drew has worked for the past twelve years with AEO developing haunted attractions, stage productions, and theme-park entertainment.  As AEO’s Performance Coordinator, Drew is responsible for performer training and direction for our productions.  He is well-known for his development of training and rehearsal curriculum for the Haunted Industry and his AD Role with Ocean Park-Hong Kong for several years of the annual Halloween Bash. Credited as “Hong Kong’s ‘Father of Halloween'”, Alan O began working with Ocean Park-Hong Kong in 2001 to bring ‘American-Style Haunting’ to HKG & produce the largest Halloween Theme Park Event in Asia.  For the last 13 years, he has continued to work as an artist/consultant/designer to help the event grow and become the only one of it’s kind in the world!  Originally, solely the Make-up & Character Designer for this event, he has also worked many years as the Creative Show Dir/Talent Dir and more for the entire ‘Halloween Bash’, as well as overseeing all operations of the AEO Team.
He is regarded as an expert authority within the industry, and has been published in many leading trade magazines and articles, as well as teaching & lecturing, worldwide. He was the blood and special effects designer for BMP’s production of The Leuitenant of Inishmore.

Theresa Smith-LevinTheresa Smith-Levin serves as the Chief Executive Director of CFL Vocal Arts. She also founded the organization in September 2012. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Miami. Currently, Theresa teaches voice at Valencia College, Dr. Phillips High School, West Orange High School and the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, while also maintaining a thriving private studio through her company Theresa Leigh Soprano Studios. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and performs regularly throughout the Winter Park, Orlando and Clermont areas, having appeared with Florida Opera Theatre, Moonlight Players, University Club of Winter Park and in the Casa Feliz Music Series. She is also a founding member of Belles & Bows holiday quartet.CFL Vocal Arts has become so much more than Theresa ever dreamed it would be and she is thrilled with the growth and contributions this organization has made to the local arts community. Theresa is most passionate about her work directing the Summer Institute and she can be seen performing in CFL Vocal Arts’ past and present productions. She has been studying acting with Beth Marshall for the past 3 years and recently received award-winning critial acclaim for her portrayal of Megan in Save Me, Dolly Parton. Theresa is a 2nd year adjudicator/vocal coach for TOP TEENS.

 

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Samantha Stern hails from the exotic Island of Staten. She is the Director of Theatre and Associate Professor at Daytona State College. Sam is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from The UCF Conservatory Theatre.  A member of Actor’s Equity Association, she has performed professionally with such companies as Walt Disney Entertainment (Orlando and Tokyo) Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Actors’ Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Chicago City Limits, NYC Comedy Sportz, Just the Funny, Costa Cruise lines, and presently as a member of the mainstage ensemble at SAK comedy lab.  She has worked as an instructor and performer in Mexico, Italy and Japan and as a Professor of theatre and speech at DSC, UCF, FSU, and Le Cordon Bleu Orlando. Samantha also directs theatre locally and serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Theatre Conference.

 

 

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Jaclyn Thomas has been a part of the Orlando theatre community since her time spent at Boone High School, during which she collected a few “Best in Show” titles at the Flordia State Thespian competition including large group and solo musicals. She has been working professionally for the past two years at Universal Orlando where she performs in multiple shows on property, as well as commercials and online sketches. Though performing will always be her first love, Jaclyn has developed a passion for producing and screenwriting and will graduate from the University of Central Flordia in the fall with a bachelors degree in creative writing and film. She is a proud supporter of BMP and is grateful to Beth for allowing her to participate in this exciting event!

 

 

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Joshua Vickery is a vocalist, actor, teacher, producer, musical director, arts administrator and conductor. Joshua’s love of music and the arts has allowed him to have an incredible career thus far. He earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at Indian River Community College, receiving the honor of Outstanding Fine Arts Graduate. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he served in various leadership roles.

Joshua grew up with a passion for music ministry. While studying music in college, he served as Associate Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach for two years where he directed the church’s vocal praise teams, led music services and assisting in directing the West Palm Beach Singing Christmas Tree production, which was viewed by thousands of patrons in Palm Beach televised.

In 2003 he became the Worship Arts Director of Orlando Baptist Church and Fine Arts Director at Orlando Christian Prep, a K-12 school where he taught voice, and vocal performance and developed and directed several school choirs. His journey then continued on to Aloma Church where Joshua combined his talents to lead a large church music program with every aspect including choirs, orchestra, and youth programs. During his tenure in these churches, he founded and served as the Executive Producer of the Central Florida Christmas Celebration in which he coached youth and adult vocal performers, developed shows and scripts, and managed hundreds of volunteers.

Joshua currently serves as executive director of Central Florida Community Arts, an organization which he founded in 2010. This organization consists of about 1100 artists in multiple choirs, an adult and youth symphony orchestra, children/youth arts program, theatre, School of Performing Arts and arts and wellness initiatives. CFCArts strives to make the arts affordable and accessible, and uses the arts as a catalyst to create change in the community in a variety of ways.

Joshua has been a featured soloist in countless venues, produced musical recordings, and been the director of numerous productions. Joshua has been an entertainment leader, casting director, and vocal coach for Walt Disney Entertainment. He also serves as a consultant for other arts organizations in its beginning stages and a voice for local, state and national arts advocacy.

Joshua has lived in Orlando since 2003 and has enjoyed serving on the board of several fine entities, and a member of FAACS School Administrators, Visit Orlando, Young Professional Network, Central Florida Leadership Forum, Zebra Coalition, Arts for Health Florida, UCF Non-profit Advisory Board, Emerging Arts Leader Mentorship Program and Leadership Orlando. He has the honor of several accolades including being named Arts Educational Professional of the Year by the Florida Arts Education Alliance, Top 3 Arts Advocate by Orlando Weekly, and 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando and Top 3 Community Leader by Orlando Magazine.